Mardi Gras in Covington is a family-oriented attraction that has grown in popularity yearly. Everyone seeks to let the good times roll. Unfortunately, bad things can and do happen. Below are some tips to help you enjoy the festivities while remaining safe.
Personal property, including clothing, should not be left in unattended vehicles. If you forget to leave your valuables at home, they should be locked in the trunk of your car before parking.
Before parking your vehicle on the street, ensure you are not attempting to park on the parade route, in a restricted area such as a fire lane, or blocking a driveway, crosswalk, or fire hydrant.
Make a note of where you parked, including street names and nearby landmarks. Parking may be limited, so it is strongly suggested citizens utilize carpools, ride-sharing, or other forms of transportation. Illegally parked vehicles are subject to be ticketed and towed.
Parade spectators are cautioned against carrying large sums of money with them as persons adept at pick-pocketing may seize the opportunity in crowded situations.
Purses should be carried across the torso, but preferably, place important items in your front pocket.
Don’t become distracted by cellular devices, cameras, etc.
Stay in well-lit and populated areas.
If consuming alcohol, know your limits, utilize a designated driver, and ensure at least one member of your party remains sober to ensure everyone’s safety.
Never leave drinks, food, or property unattended.
Police officers will be visible along parade routes before, during, and after the parades. Uniformed officers will engage in crowd control, and plainclothes officers will be among the spectators to detect crimes such as pick-pocketing.
The Mardi Gras Ordinance entitled “Throws During Parade” prohibits parade participants and riders from tossing throws to the rear and front of their floats or vehicles. It also prohibits them from throwing in the parade formation and disbanding areas.
It is quite hazardous for trinket seekers to be in either the front or rear of floats and trucks or in the formation and disbanding areas, which are heavily congested.
Erecting of stands or platforms on the sidewalk, street, or medians is prohibited unless prior city authorization is received.
Ladders shall be placed as many feet back from the curb or lateral curb line as the ladder is high.
Chaining ladders to public property, light standards, utility poles, or each other is prohibited. All ladders used by parade spectators should be structurally sound.
No ladders, chairs, ice chests, lounge chairs, etc., should be placed in intersections, on medians, or between curbs of public streets.
Spectators are also reminded it is also illegal to drink from an open glass container on or near parade routes, as well as in the street.
Use extreme caution when attempting to cross the parade route and seek an officer’s guidance on the best place to do so.
Keeping Children Safe during Mardi Gras
Be sure to take a picture of your children before leaving your house in case someone gets lost.
Watch children carefully and never leave them unattended.
Make sure your child knows their name, phone number, and address. Write that information and their parent’s name on a piece of paper and place it in the child’s pocket in case of separation.
Introduce them to a nearby officer so they may know what uniform to look for, and advise them to give the officer that information sheet if they get lost.
Do not let children climb over or underneath barricades.
If you need assistance during a parade, find a nearby officer or dial 9-1-1.